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September 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CHASE UTLEY'S name was missing from the lineup yesterday, the fourth time in 15 games that had been the case. At 35, the six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award winner is still among the most productive players at his position. On the list of issues that the Phillies must address this offseason, Utley's name is near the bottom. Yet there are plenty of reasons to think that the club should take a hard look at second base this offseason as it searches for ways to maximize its roster for 2015.
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May 18, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago today, Chase Utley stood in front of his locker at Citizens Bank Park and packed for a West Coast trip. Utley tossed his fielder's glove, batting gloves, spikes, sneakers and sunglasses into a red equipment bag. He then reached into his locker, pulled out five brand-new ebony bats - gamers - and stuffed them into his bat bag. Before zipping the bat bag closed, Utley reached for the one piece of equipment he hadn't left home without...
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August 2, 2013 | BY DAVID MURPHY, Daily News Staff Writer dmurphy@phillynews.com
IN THE BOTTOM of the first inning, Chase Utley stepped to the plate and hit a home run. It was the 14th time he had done so this season, good enough for fourth among major league second basemen. If anybody needed a reminder that the 34-year-old veteran was still one of baseball's best players at his position, here it was. Still, as he trotted around the bases to the hearty approval of the Citizens Bank Park crowd, you couldn't shake the feeling it was the beginning of another egregious miscalculation by a Phillies organization struggling to find the path toward a better tomorrow.
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September 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - While the Phillies plot their offseason strategy, one question will be how far into the future Chase Utley can be counted on to be a valuable contributor. It's a difficult question to answer, made more complicated by Utley's surprising durability this season at the age of 35. He's already a franchise icon, one of the most respected athletes to ever play in Philadelphia. While his knee problems have been well documented, Utley made one trip to the disabled list last year, and that was for an oblique injury.
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July 16, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A chair reserved for Chase Utley was positioned under a sign with his name on it, but the Phillies second baseman stood. He stared at the seat. Major League Baseball mandated that Utley - the lone Phillies all-star - spend 45 minutes Monday with reporters. He overcame career-threatening knee injuries to start Tuesday night for the National League, but circumstances overshadowed that accomplishment. "Are they trying to trade him?" Hunter Pence, a former teammate, wondered from across the room.
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May 4, 2010 | By MARK KRAM, kramm@phillynews.com
So here's the deal: You get to invite any of the top stars in Philadelphia sports over to the house for dinner. We're talking hypothetically, of course, but just say you have that opportunity. Who would you invite? Ryan Howard? DeSean Jackson? Mike Richards? And what would you serve them? Would you go Italian? Send out for Chinese? Or perhaps you have a favorite dish that has been passed down through the generations? We asked you whom would you like to have over in the survey we conducted with the Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University and you chose to chow down with Chase Utley.
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April 12, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
WE ENTERED the season knowing that the Phillies needed a lot of things to go right in order for them to return to the postseason, and the last couple of nights have offered a tantalizing glimpse at the kind of team they can become if those things break in the proper direction. Of course, two nights make for a small sample size. The last time the Phillies had faced Jeremy Hefner, all seven of the batters they sent to the plate against him ended up scoring runs. But a lineup can only hit against the pitchers whom the other team sends to the mound, and in rattling off their first back-to-back victories of the season, Charlie Manuel's team did just that.
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April 1, 2013 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writerlawrenr@phillynews.com
THE BALL came toward his head and baserunner Chase Utley did the natural thing. He ducked. After avoiding contact with Domonic Brown's heat-seeking missile of a base hit, Utley regained his footing and took off from first to second base. He didn't stop until he slid safely into third base. Utley then bounced back on his feet and prepared for the next step. It was March and he was playing baseball, so any next step he took was going to be a heck of a lot farther than any he made in the last two springs.
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September 19, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard remain the heart of the Phillies' batting order and they were the foundation for this franchise's run of success that started in 2007 and appears likely to end in 2012. But as the season winds toward its conclusion, it's obvious they are players in transition. After the Phillies took early batting practice Monday afternoon, Utley remained on the field and worked extensively at third base with coach Sam Perlozzo. Howard, meanwhile, fielded questions about a season that started with him on the disabled list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon and is ending with the first baseman in a terrible slump.
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June 21, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
PHILLIES SECOND baseman Chase Utley played in his fifth rehab game for Class A Clearwater Tuesday night. What comes next? "I don't know," he said when asked where and when he was going to rehab next. "I really don't know. " Utley was 1-for-3 with a single and a walk as a designated hitter in an 8-2 loss to Dunedin, a Blue Jays affiliate. On Monday, he tested his chronically injured knees by playing second base for six innings in a win over Dunedin. When asked before Tuesday's game whether his knees felt OK, Utley was succinct.
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September 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Phillies have an imperfect roster, which could lead to compromise for the 2015 season. But it is impossible to predict those decisions for various reasons. There is muddled leadership atop the organization; the team's convoluted public plan changes by the month; and the rest of baseball declared the Phillies' current assets either overvalued or inadequate. A discussion at the micro level - like how the Phillies could best utilize some of the flawed pieces they possess - is incomplete without the macro strategy.
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September 13, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is unfair to blame one Phillies hitter for another lame night, because Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano was that dominant Thursday in a 4-1 win. He struck out 10 batters on his first 75 pitches. He completed eight innings without permitting a runner to reach third base. But it is difficult to ignore one slumping Phillie, Ryan Howard. He walked twice and struck out two more times Thursday to make it 15 whiffs in 32 at-bats so far this September. He has one extra-base hit this month.
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September 12, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CHASE UTLEY'S name was missing from the lineup yesterday, the fourth time in 15 games that had been the case. At 35, the six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award winner is still among the most productive players at his position. On the list of issues that the Phillies must address this offseason, Utley's name is near the bottom. Yet there are plenty of reasons to think that the club should take a hard look at second base this offseason as it searches for ways to maximize its roster for 2015.
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September 11, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg once spent a September as a Phillies call-up. It was 1981. He turned 22 while in the majors, a debut that encompassed 13 games for a middling team. "One start," Sandberg said Tuesday before a 4-3 Phillies win over Pittsburgh, and the Hall of Fame second baseman is excused 33 years later for misremembering. The Phillies never started Sandberg. He batted six times, collected one hit, and savored the brief experience of playing alongside Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Larry Bowa.
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September 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - With a surplus of players on his roster following September call-ups and his best starting pitcher on the mound, Ryne Sandberg opted to rest a few of his regulars and put his best defense on the field yesterday. And, as he said afterward, a better lineup to take on lefthander Gio Gonzalez, too. Darin Ruf started for Ryan Howard at first. Freddy Galvis played second base in place of Chase Utley. In the outfield, Tony Gwynn Jr. started in center and Grady Sizemore was in left.
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September 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - All of a sudden, the Phillies and Washington Nationals appear as though they have reversed roles. The Phillies are playing like a team gearing up for the postseason, while the Nationals, at least against the Phillies, haven't resembled the team that began Saturday with the National League's best record. A.J. Burnett allowed just one run in seven innings, as the Phillies beat the Nationals, 3-1, at Nationals Park. The Phillies have won 12 of their last 17 games. With Burnett's win, they clinched the season series against the Nationals for the first time since 2010.
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September 8, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - While the Phillies plot their offseason strategy, one question will be how far into the future Chase Utley can be counted on to be a valuable contributor. It's a difficult question to answer, made more complicated by Utley's surprising durability this season at the age of 35. He's already a franchise icon, one of the most respected athletes to ever play in Philadelphia. While his knee problems have been well documented, Utley made one trip to the disabled list last year, and that was for an oblique injury.
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September 8, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Poignant isn't a word used often when discussing Larry Bowa. But it fit perfectly the little moment that the TV cameras captured Wednesday night in Atlanta. Debuting Phillies rookie Maikel Franco had just collected his first big-league RBI. Bowa was among those awaiting his return to the Phillies' Turner Field dugout. As he congratulated the 22-year-old September call-up, something like a pensive smile fleetingly pushed aside the wizened bench coach's perpetual smirk.
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September 5, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTA - The conversation on the mound Wednesday lasted longer than usual. Ryne Sandberg asked Phillies catcher Wil Nieves about his strategy with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. "Stay back," Nieves said. "He was rushing. " Sandberg nodded, said something that Nieves translated to the Cuban righthander, and then patted Gonzalez on the back. A 7-4 loss to the Braves deviated from the Phillies' recent brand of sterling baseball. But the wins and losses mean little now; this is a time to gain insight on the possible pieces for next season.
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September 1, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - For the 16th time this season, Ryne Sandberg assembled a lineup designed last winter to keep the Phillies competitive. No team in baseball has employed the same batting order as many times as Sandberg's familiar combination. That unit, after a 7-2 singles-fueled win over the Mets on Saturday, is 5-11. "You look at our lineup on paper, and it's a great lineup," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "For some reason, some years it just doesn't click. You get two guys hitting and the rest aren't hitting, or you get the rest of the guys hot and it's split up too much in the lineup.
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